Minnesota: The frozen girl, defrosted
Do you believe in miracles? If you don’t, maybe it’s because you haven’t yet heard about Jean Hillard and the night she collapsed into the snow and froze almost as solid as a block of ice for more than 6 hours. It was December 20th, 1980, Jean was 19 years old and driving to her home outside of a small town in Northern Minnesota. Her car went off the road near Lengby, and she decided to walk to a neighbor’s home which was nearby. It was a decision she would regret.
Every second the cold was sapping precious heat from her body bringing her closer to a parallel state of hypothermia. The cold was so debilitating, it took her more than an hour to walk a mile and a half. Finally, Jean caught sight of her friend’s house and this was the last thing she remembered. The sun rose on a clear bitterly cold day, Jean’s friend opened the door to a horrible sight. Jean was literally frozen stiff, her face fixed in an icy light grimace. At the small local hospital, the nursing house was stunned, they had never seen anything like this. Her flesh froze so solid that doctors couldn’t pierce it with a hypodermic needle. Her body temperature was too low to register on a thermometer. Even so, Jean’s family was told to expect the worst, Jean had suddenly gone into violent spasm, though the danger was far from over, it was a good sign. The frostbite was so severe that amputating her legs seemed inevitable. Jean spent 49 days in the hospital, she was very much alive and recovered completely without even losing a nail. It was indeed a medical miracle.